Retrospective: Chase For The Championship

I’ve completed this twice thus far. Written this weblog…made it nearly to the top then I do one thing that causes me to lose the entire thing. That is the third time.

With that mentioned, this will likely be just like the Tenacious D track “Tribute”…it is not the best weblog ever, nevertheless it’s a tribute. 

Forgive me upfront if this feels redundant. It definitely does writing it.

We’ll name this a retrospective for lack of a greater time period – despite the fact that this was solely in 2022. 

Let’s start…for years it has been mentioned having a W4H Champion. I am all for championship titles, nevertheless it will get somewhat too wild when it will get previous round willy nilly or when you might have too many championship titles.

After a great deal of dialogue, a pair buddies satisfied me to simply do it. Initially I wished all of the legends of the underground scene – Jonny Firestorm, Tristan Baldwin, Scrappy, Braden Charron, and so on. Scheduling all these guys for a similar day has confirmed troublesome. I’ve had shoots with 3/4s of these guys however by no means have I ever been in a position to get them .

If I could not get all the celebrities I wished then I might need to go a unique route. For our first picks, I went with some guys I appreciated and thought had been both nice or on the verge of being nice.

I wished to shoot the match in one-day. A real take a look at of the champion and I feel you realize if somebody has what it takes if they will do all of it in at some point. Alas, we weren’t in a position to get 8 guys who I believed had been certified. We had been in a position to get 6 certified candidates for the primary evening of filming. That meant 3 of our first spherical matches.

Now I wanted a customized championship belt. Positive utilizing a reproduction or toy belt is enjoyable, nevertheless it would not really feel like a real customized championship belt…and luck would have it that I knew somebody who was making moderately priced customized gold. I am a fan of the white leather-based belts just like the WWF Intercontinental one within the late 80s early 90s, so I wished one thing related. After some backwards and forwards on the thought, we agreed on a glance. All I needed to do now was wait.

I met up with him at a professional wrestling occasion and he had the stuff. After getting back from his automotive, he pulled out of his bag the model new, one-of-a-kind W4H Championship. I used to be stoked! It is official, I am the “mastermind” of my very own wrestling group – full with an actual championship belt. 

We set a date to make use of my buddies ring in his storage. He was gonna be out-of-town however did not thoughts us utilizing the ring so long as we weren’t too rambunctious.

The primary spherical needed to be distinctive from what we have completed earlier than, so I picked Brit Professional Rounds as the principles of the primary bouts. For the reason that first-time I took half in a Brit Professional match, I felt at residence with the type. A lot enjoyable concepts you are able to do with it plus it is an endurance sport.

Everybody needed to have a particular look or one thing distinctive. Being a fan of 80’s and early 90’s professional wrestling, I had some concepts in thoughts for the blokes. I additionally had the advantage of a good friend with an unlimited assortment of WCW & WWF Superstars precise wrestling gear that they’d parted with together with Buff Bagwell. 

First up, Javier The Hunk – a scorching up-and-comer on the professional and underground scene. He is younger and has an amazing beginner wrestling pedigree. On prime of that, he is gaining some success within the professional wrestling scene with the massive guys. He wasn’t a prime canine but, however I knew he had the potential to be.

Now what was he gonna put on? He reached into his bag of wrestling gear and pulled out just a few objects. I am not an enormous fan of singlets however one thing about his purple beginner singlet from his highschool days felt proper…so long as he made certain to tug the straps down to indicate these pecs and abs. He agreed and we had our first star of the match.

Each rookie must face a veteran opponent, so I pulled my very own identify out of the hat. I knew once I scheduled Javier that I wished to check him within the ring. I’ve seen him in motion and I’ve heard good issues, however nothing like getting up-close to seek out out if he is nearly as good as marketed. 

I am very fundamental in my favourite outfits – clear white boots, basic 3-striped socks pulled up and a metallic/latex speedo. My buddy threw me his lengthy ring jacket to prime off the look, however I later ditched that.

Subsequent up, was Joey Nux – he is a heavyweight badass. Positively has the potential to be the highest man at W4H. The title laid round his approach or over his shoulder. He is been on fireplace since debuting at W4H, so let’s examine if he is bought what it takes to win the gold. 

My good friend with the WCW ring gear assortment pulled out certainly one of his favourite appears – a half pair of trunks mixed with a protracted pair of tights in shiny pink zebra print. I had my doubts, however he saved reminding me that we had been attempting to do one thing totally different (and hopefully higher) than the usual W4H wrestling match. Joey eased my issues with the proper black leather-based vest. A bandanna to match topped the look off. 

Seeing Joey in that outfit, Gabe Steele began licking his lips. Gabe is a fan of basic professional appears and knew he wished  to get his arms on the muscled bodybuilder. Gabe nearly at all times has the most effective gear within the room and this was no exception. He pulled out just a few outfits earlier than hand-picking one. Gabe has a singular look and a few latin flare, so he match completely into the match and it is laborious to argue that he hadn’t been worthy of a spot. He simply has had probably the most matches, realized probably the most strikes and improved probably the most within the shortest time I feel I’ve ever witnessed.

Final of our first evening first spherical motion pitted boy subsequent door, clean-cut and healthful Max Ryder towards Drew Harper. I knew precisely what I wished for Max…like I mentioned, I am a fan of that 80s and 90s professional wrestling and he was the proper patriotic babyface. It is certainly one of my favourite outfits to put on on the professional scene and in underground matches so I knew proper the place to get it.

I am not saying I used to be cheering towards Max Ryder however I feel it is apparent that Max has the potential to be one of many massive stars of W4H, nevertheless, I do not assume he has the killer intuition. It is greater than strikes and expertise – it is angle. 

Drew Harper has that look, he is grown as a wrestler and he’d make a very good champion. Not too massive, not too inexperienced. He might’ve upset his approach into being W4H Champion – I strongly imagine that. We would have liked one thing that match the texture of the match and it did not take Drew lengthy to tug the Tarzan impressed trunks out. He regarded like a man on TV wrestling. Now, might he pull it off.

 On the finish of the evening, Gabe Steele and I had been sitting round with our different good friend chatting when it was determined we would have the primary match of spherical 2 proper now. All of us agreed it needed to be one thing totally different than the primary spherical and the reply was NO DQ, WEAPONS ALLOWED. I had a desk that we might break so Gabe and I wiped the sweat off, freshened up and performed round within the ring – inside and out of doors.


It was enjoyable…till my good friend returned residence proper as we concluded our match. 

The place was a multitude. Weapons and speedos in every single place. Plus I feel we had been utilizing a fog machine for one thing. He had forgotten we had been utilizing his place…or I did not make clear absolutely and he was VERY SURPRISED. After he calmed down a bit, he wished to know the way the matches had been and if he might see them.

That first evening was excellent and we labored out some concepts to get the match going. We simply wanted 2 extra guys to fill out the bracket. I used to be holding out hope for Scrappy or Tristan or Jonny or somebody of that caliber. Hell, perhaps Lon DuMont would come out of retirement. After pondering on it, I knew I had 2 guys who had been succesful.

Daddy Texas was recent on the scene. He is tall and watching him in motion I noticed glimpses of greatness. He is moist behind the ears, however, hell, he is from Texas – that is virtually the land of Champions. We wished to current him just like Max Ryder however totally different. We could not discover the cowboy outfit so we went with that basic  clean-cut faculty wrestler look. 

He was out-matched from the star. With just one spot left within the match, I knew I needed to get probably the most expert and knowledgable wrestler I knew- Chase Sinn. For the reason that first time I met him I have been amazed by how a lot he is aware of concerning the guidelines and methods of wrestling – not simply professional. I as soon as noticed him re-position himself on a pin-fall as a result of his ft had been below the ropes and that was towards the principles. Most referees do not even know that rule and Chase Sinn did not wanna go away any probability for shedding the match.

We filmed the second half of the match after the completion of the primary spherical. Chase Sinn ended up competing 3 instances that day – a real take a look at of a champion. And actually, I feel he ought to’ve received. The dude can wrestle anyone – regardless of the scale or ability degree. He is that rattling good.

I used to coach with Chase Sinn and we have wrestled just a few instances – each time I study one thing new and I’ve enjoyable attending to problem my expertise. You can say I used to be wanting ahead to the massive Championship match between the 2 of us. We have got good chemistry and do not thoughts going “off-script” in our bouts. 

The completion of the match left me somewhat unhappy. Sure, I received the match. Sure, I most likely ought to’ve been the primary actual champion in W4H (hey, I am the boss and I am nearly retirement age) – however I wished my buddies to be in it. 

Do not take that mistaken. The match was excellent. However what do you assume we make this just like the Olympics. Perhaps each 4 years we put one on. Perhaps each 2? What do you assume?

Perhaps a committee to see whom will get voted in to compete for the W4H Championship.  Who would you might have put within the 8 man match?

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